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Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

A few global news brands have made good use of Telegram as a publishing channel. Is there an opportunity for South African publishers to do the same? A number of South African publishers have made innovative use of WhatsApp as a publishing channel: As we previously...

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Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

In a SAMIP dialogue, leading independent news media shared tactics to generate reader revenue for digital newsrooms. JAMLAB's Tshepo Tshabalala wrote up some of the key insights The business of news publishing has become a challenge now more than ever. Media...

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Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

What does it take to build a sustainable podcast in the global South? Maybe it’s just that we’re all stuck at home, but it feels like there’s been an exciting uptick in podcasting among the cohort of media organisations in the South Africa Media Innovation Program...

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Publishing for WhatsApp? Here are three great ways to do it

Publishing for WhatsApp? Here are three great ways to do it

With 90% of internet users active on its app, WhatsApp is the biggest social networking app in South Africa. It’s bigger than Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook. So it’s no wonder that publishers have turned to WhatsApp as a way to reach audiences. The South Africa...

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Pivoting to webinars – 5 lessons for small media orgs

Pivoting to webinars – 5 lessons for small media orgs

As media organisations race to adapt to life under lockdown, many are turning to online events – to reconnect with audiences, make up for lost revenue, or to establish themselves as agenda-setters on the key questions of the day. Last week, the South African Media...

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New deals for women’s sports, new awards honours, and more

With new investment for women’s sports media, global awards recognition for local publishers, and a membership-based training to develop more diverse voices, here are some of the latest innovations from the SAMIP cohort. gsport unveils new commercial deals Women’s...

Big news: African podcasting firm Volume secures MDIF deal

Big news in the SAMIP family: Audio start-up Volume has become the latest SAMIP cohort member to secure an investment deal with Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).

Viewfinder digs up the data on deadly rubber bullets

New investigative journalism, new hires, and coverage of topical news – here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Counting the cost of rubber bullets Ten years after rubber bullets killed Andries Tatane, investigative start-up Viewfiender...

Food For Mzansi’s citizen journalism project bears fruit

From the latest news and podcasts, to job opportunities and award ceremonies, here are the latest updates from the SAMIP cohort Food for Mzansi names top citizen journos Last week agri-news publisher Food For Mzansi hosted an award ceremony for the top performers from...

New blood at M&G, SAMIP orgs join global j-school cohort

Here are the latest updates from in and around the SAMIP family M&G names Ron Derby as new editor-in-chief The Mail & Guardian has appointed veteran business reporter Ron Derby as its next editor-in-chief, starting in May. Former broadcaster Redi Tlhabi was...

How The Daily Vox tripled its email audience

The simple steps that helped a small team grow its newsletter Success doesn’t have to be a million new subscribers. Sometimes it’s just a few thousand. As a youth media outlet, The Daily Vox’s biggest audiences have always been on its social media channels, with an...

Update | SAMIP orgs tapped for Global Media Awards

Another week, another set of exciting developments from in and around the South Africa Media Innovation Program, as SAMIP participants celebrated awards nominations, audience growth, new partnerships, job opportunities, and podcasts. SAMIP participants make awards...

How women have led media innovation and resilience in Covid-19

Stories of struggle and success from women-led media organisations within the South Africa Media Innovation Program The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” Looking at how the pandemic...

Update | New podcasts, a Snapchat documentary, and a partnership to build women’s sports

Here are some of the latest updates from in and around the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Hashtag unveils new made-for-Snapchat show SA-born mobile storytelling agency Hashtag Our Stories has delivered a new show on Snapchat: ‘Our Health’ features stories of...

Building memberships, training podcasters, & boosting women’s voices

The new year has started strong for participants in the South Africa Media Innovation Program, with a host of new products and initiatives, a few early successes, and an opportunity for ten up-and-coming video producers. Here’s our first update of what’s been...